Learn Something Old
Workshops in metalworking, ancient skills, flint knapping, leather working, wood working, felting, mosaic, music, language, bushcraft and herbal medicine.
Immerse yourself in the ancient world and learn some of the crafts and techniques that our ancestors used to make everything they needed. This is a unique learning environment where you will be surrounded by buildings from 5000 years’ of human history from the New Stone Age to the Saxon period. Our workshops will give you an unforgettable hands-on experience of the past. Our workshop spaces include a Neolithic long house, Iron Age roundhouses, a Roman villa and a Saxon house, as well as outdoor work areas.
We also offer special workshops for groups including flint knapping for field archaeologists, bronze casting and Roman mosaic making. Contact us for details.
Our bookings are processed by Ticketsource. Please be aware that there are fees associated with bookings, which vary according to the cost of workshops.
Click here for the Workshop Calendar 2019
Our workshops are run by tutors with a passion for their craft. They will help you learn a new skill, make an object using traditional techniques and create something uniquely hand made.
Start as a beginner or refine your skills, we have a range of workshops making objects in copper, bronze, iron and silver. You can create jewellery inspired by archaeological finds, make a silver Viking ring or cast and axe or knife in bronze to make your own treasure.
Stone tool manufacture was humanity’s ‘cutting edge’ technology for two and a half million years. We are offering both advanced study days, for those keen to learn more about the archaeology, as well as our popular knapping days. Knapping is the technique of shaping stone such as flint into highly effective tools. You will learn how early humans used specialised skills to craft the tools they needed from flint.
Spend a day learning some of the basic skills you would need to survive in prehistoric Britain. Learn to make your own Mesolithic spear using ancient skills of flint knapping, cordage making and fire lighting. Or try Ancient Living with a night at Butser Ancient Farm sleeping in one of our houses.
Plants and fabrics
Nettle and flax workshops will teach you how to use these natural fibres, to harvest and process, to spin and to weave. Enjoy a foraging workshop or discover the healing power of herbal medicine. Needle felt a funky fox.
Tutor Caroline is food interpreter at Pario Gallico. She is offering day-long workshops to discover what kind of food, utensils and cooking techniques were available to our ancestors during the late Iron Age / Saxon era. The workshop is designed to be fun and social, as well as educational! It will introduce you to new concepts of historical food and what archaeology reveals about ancient diets.
Traditional skills that will teach you to create beautiful hand-made objects using natural materials. learn to make a Viking leather pouch.
Stories, language and music
Listen to the voice of the past, the language and the stories, and hear some of the music our ancestors enjoyed. Find out more
Learn the techniques and styles of Roman mosaic-making. Make your own Roman-style mosaic to take home. Find out more
Learn traditional craft timberworking skills for making trusses, hurdles, bulwarked walls and oak doors. Find out more
Gift Vouchers. If you would like to give a workshop gift, please click on the link below or call us.
Available online, by phone 02392 598838 or from the Butser Ancient Farm shop.